KSGENWEB INTERNET GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY COPYRIGHT NOTICE: In keeping with the KSGenWeb policy of providing free information on the Internet, this data may be used by non-commercial entities, as long as this message remains on all copied materiel. These electronic pages cannot be reproduced in any format for profit or other gain. Copying of the files within by non-commercial individuals and libraries is encouraged. Any other use, including publication, storage in a retrieval system, or transmission by electronic, mechanical, or other means requires approval of the file's author.
The following transcription is from a 750 page book titled "Genealogical and Biographical Record of North-Eastern Kansas, dated 1900. These have been diligently transcribed and generously contributed by Penny R. Harrell, please give her a very big Thank You for her hard work!
John P. Koelzer, deceased, was for many years an enterprising farmer of Nemaha county and in his death the community lost one of its best citizens. He was born in Prussia, Germany, spent his boyhood days in that land and for three and a half years served as a soldier in the Prussian army.
On emigrating to the United States he took up his residence in Wisconsin and in 1854 came to Kansas, locating in Nemaha county. There he secured government land and developed a farm, upon which his widow is now residing. He erected substantial buildings, including a good residence and barns, divided his fields into convenient size by well kept fences, planted orchards and made all the other improvements found on a model farm, his energies being devoted to its further development and cultivation until his death, which occurred October 18, 1886.
He married Mary Margaret Wink, who was born in Prussia, Germany, June 9, 1837. Her father, George Wink, was a native of the same locality and by occupation was a farmer. In 1847 he came to the United States, taking up his abode on a farm in Wisconsin, where he died at the age of 74 years.
He was also a soldier in the Prussian army about three years. His wife bore the maiden name of Elizabeth Becker and was a native of Germany, but her death occurred in Wisconsin, at the age of 70 years. This worthy couple were the parents of seven children, three of whom are now living.
Mrs. Koelzer was the third in order of birth in the family and was a maiden of nine summers when she came with her parents to the new world. Her childhood days were passed in the Badger state and there she was married, in 1850. Four years later she accompanied her husband to Nemaha county, Kansas, becoming one of the pioneers settlers of the community.
Thirteen children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Koelzer: Joseph, who is now living in Richmond township, Nemaha county; Peter, deceased; Mary, the wife of Alexander Tiehen, of Nebraska; Sophronia, the wife of Pierce Haug, of Richmond township; George, who is living in Oklahoma territory; Eliza, the wife of Cornelius Hugo, of Nebraska; Henry, also of Oklahoma territory; Andrew, of Lindsay, Texas; Lena, the wife of John Broxterman, of Richmond township; William, of St. Benedict; Philena the wife of John Haug; Ann Catherine; and Lawrence, who is now deceased. The two eldest, John and Peter, were born in Wisconsin, but the others are natives of Nemaha county, Kansas.
Coming to Nemaha county in pioneer days, Mr. Koelzer took an active part in the work of development and improvement in his locality and was a public spirited and progressive citizen. In politics he was a Democrat and in religious belief was a Catholic.
He aided in building the first church in St. Benedict, as well as the second and third churches. Through his well directed efforts he accumulated a comfortable competence, becoming the owner of three hundred and twenty acres of land.
One-half of this was divided among his children, the other
half going to his widow. Mrs. Koelzer still resides upon her farm and is
one of the highly esteemed pioneer ladies of the county, whose growth and
up-building she has witnessed.
Last update: Thursday, January 15, 2004 00:51:07
The Digital Library of the KSGenWeb is a non-commercial entity dedicated to free access to records of genealogical value. All documents contained herein may be freely copied for personal and library use, as long as the KSGenWeb Statement of Use remains attached. These records may not be published in any format, including electronic (web pages or CD's) and print, without prior written consent of the contributor. In order to insure continued free access, violators of this policy will be vigorously pursued.
We invite all contributions of transcribed records with genealogical value. This could range from wills and letters from your personal family records to indexes of your county's marriage records. There are many, many more examples, of course. Anything you have that you are willing to contribute will be gratefully accepted. For more information, contact Kenneth Thomas, KSGenWeb Digital Library Coordinator at email@example.com.
We also accept any non-copyrighted printed materials that you have access to and would like to see transcribed and placed on-line. If the material is copyrighted and you are the copyright holder, please include written permission for use by The KSGenWeb Digital Library. These may be mailed to Kenneth Thomas, 235 SE 111th Rd., Warrensburg, MO 64093-7812.
DIGITAL LIBRARY PAGE
KSGENWEB HOME PAGE
PAGE for KANSAS STATE LIBRARY
An Extra special thanks to Blue Skyways, Home page for Kansas State Library, for donating space for the many KSGenWeb pages.
Page Design, HTML Coding and Layout -
Copyrightę1998-2004 by Kenneth Thomas, All Rights Reserved.
The KSGenWeb Project logo Copyrightę1996-2004 by Tom & Carolyn Ward, All Rights Reserved.
For the limited use of the KSGenWeb Project. Permission is granted for use only on an Official KSGenWeb Project page.
The Official USGenWeb Project logo designed by Linda Cole.